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Landscaping project begins
Trees, grassy area to replace parking spaces
Landscaping has begun in front of the former Henry County courthouse in uptown Martinsville. Parking spaces will be replaced with sidewalks, trees and a grassy area, according to Debbie Hall, executive director of the Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society. (Bulletin photo)
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Construction is underway on the second phase of a landscaping project at the former Henry County courthouse.
According to Debbie Hall, executive director of the Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society, which has offices inside the courthouse, the city is using funds from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to landscape a small parking lot in front of the courthouse.
“The work we’re having done out front was designed to complement the Garden Club of Virginia work we had done,” Hall said, referring to a 2012 landscaping project that restored the cannons in front of the courthouse to their metal bases; expanded the brick plaza in front of the courthouse; replaced concrete ramps with broad steps; added a brick walkway; and added plants flanking the plaza.
The current construction will add new sidewalks, brick sidewalk additions, a grassy area and trees, Hall said.
The parking spaces that once were in front of the courthouse will be gone, she said, but a lane allowing vehicles to pass through to load and unload passengers will remain.
“It’s going to be a great location for community events and activities,” Hall said.